For a second consecutive night, Giants players and coaches kneeled during the national anthem. It appeared about a dozen participated before Tuesday's game against the A's at Oracle Park, including Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval.
Pablo and Pence among the Giants kneeling during the national anthem at Oracle Park pic.twitter.com/0mfAavodG4— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 22, 2020
Manager Gabe Kapler was once again on one knee, along with members of his coaching staff and training staff. Pence and Sandoval were joined by Mauricio Dubon and Abiatal Avelino. Jaylin Davis, Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski kneeled for the second night in a row.
The Giants made national news Monday night when Kapler, six players (Davis, Yastrzemski, Slater, Trevor Gott, Chadwick Tromp and Tyler Cyr) and three coaches (Antoan Richardson, Justin Viele and Ethan Katz) took a knee during the national anthem at the Oakland Coliseum. Several players continued to speak out Tuesday, with Yastrzemski and Davis posting on Instagram to explain the importance of the decision.
Davis, in a session with reporters Tuesday afternoon, said he wasn't sure how many players would kneel Tuesday night. He said the Giants and MLB had plans for further statements.
"We talked about at the beginning, before we even started camp, that we wanted to make it known that we weren't going to let everything just be pushed aside just because baseball was back," Davis said.
Several players from other big league teams took a knee Tuesday, including four Cincinnati Reds. Joey Votto, a former MVP, became the most accomplished big leaguer to do so.
Kapler was the first MLB manager to take a knee, and a day later he said he did not agree with people -- including President Donald Trump -- who felt the Giants were being disrespectful.
"I see nothing more American than standing up for what you believe in," Kapler said. "I see nothing more patriotic than peaceful protest when things are frustrating and upsetting. Finally, there's nobody that should make us stop doing the right thing. It doesn't matter what leader says that they're not going to be following a game. What matters the most is that we're unwavering in trying to do what's right and that what guides our decision is standing up for people who need us to stand up for them."